Kindergarten vaccination rates hold steady at 94 percent

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Vaccination rates for North Dakota kindergartners stayed the same as last year.

The North Dakota Department of Health said in a release Thursday about 94 percent of kindergartners had the required vaccinations. Rates were less than 90 percent two years ago. The department added a list of required vaccines before kids enter school:

- Five doses of DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis)
- Four doses of IPV (polio)
- Three doses of HBV (hepatitis B)
- Two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.

In December, the department announced changes for the 2018-2019 school year. Seventh through 12th grade students will need a Tdap vaccine and 11th and 12th graders need a second meningitis dose.

Schools are required to exclude children not compliant with school immunization requirements by Oct. 1. The previous rule said children must be excluded from school if they are not compliant with school-required immunizations within 30 days of enrollment.